I have been studying shelf styling rules. Is there really a right or wrong way to do it? A hidden secret that stylists use to create the perfect arrangement? I am going to say no. Simply because everyones idea of the perfectly styled shelf is different. Some say coordinate colours, others symmetrical arrangements. I’ve been advised to leave no gaps, then others preach the value of negative space? The truth is, all these theories have merit, it just depends on what is on display and the vibe you are trying to create.
A few weeks back I wrote about decorating with vignettes. The same tips apply to styling a shelf. Consider the scale of the shelf and the items on display, have a dominant focal point and balance with smaller stuff. Varying textures helps create interest and a restrained colour palette does prevent things from becoming too busy. That’s of course unless busy is what you are going for! It all depends on what makes you smile. Don’t be boring, do something unexpected!
Consider the emotion of the space. Are you going for cosy and quiet or rowdy and fun? Casual elegance or refined formality? Visually pleasing arrangements really are an art form and can take time to perfect. Remember to edit and follow your instincts. The best part is that nothing is permanent. I’ve assembled some inspiration…..
All images via Pinterest
So given it is apparently the season for cleaning why not grab your feather duster (or equivalent) and revamp while you’re at it? Crank the tunes, make it fun and shake it up!